Altered Momento Holder

Momento Holder

Momento Holder

This framed wooden box, with glass lid, is usually used to display a medal or service pins.

Shepherd Hills Outlet store in Lebanon, Missouri is a place we stop when we travel on I-44 in Missouri, either east or west.  Last September there was a three foot stack of these display boxes for sale.  Original price was $12.99 but I got it for $7.49.  I only bought one since I was not sure what I was going to do with it.  This holder has sat on a shelf in my room since then.

Front of altered medal box

Front of altered medal box

This is now the outside front of the box.

Glass front

Glass front

Inside of box

Inside of box

YES!!!  I’ve used flowers and GLITTER.  The glitter I will get to and it is some really stunning stuff.

Back of the box

Back of the box

This box has been specially made for the owner of Whole Lotta Scrap in Norman, Oklahoma – Leslie – who recently lost her husband.  I’m not a very good card maker – YET.

Some things I’ve learned in creating this box:

Twinkling H2O's

Twinkling H2O's

At Whole Lotta Scrap this product by Lumiarte can be purchased in single pots, in bottles of shimmer paint, or in this multiple pack.  Not having seen this product before I opted for the multiple pack.  It comes with a spritzer bottle which is used to wet the pots.

Notice the butterfly cut out I have circled in the orange red oval in the photo above.  This is what it looked like after I applied the Twinkling H2O’s.

Butterfly with Twinkling H2O's

Butterfly with Twinkling H2O's

Using a fine tipped paint brush to stir the water I spritzed into the pot of yellow I painted it on the plain butterfly.  It is translucent enough to allow the fine lines printed on the butterfly to show through while the glimmer and color show up vibrantly.  I used my heat tool to dry the yellow before I went on to adding the blue color.  I did not want the vibrant blue turning to green as you can see happening at the top edge of the butterfly wings.

The next thing I learned:

Tim Holtz Idea-ology Facets

Tim Holtz Idea-ology Facets

I have had the EK Success “Fresh Cuts” tag things for a really, really, really, long time.

Glossy Accents, Facets, and tag

Glossy Accents, Facets, and tag

The mistake I made was to put w-a-a-a-a-a-y too much Glossy Accents on the back of the Facet then press it down on the tag.  The Glossy Accents squeezed out of it like crazy.  In my attempt to get the excess glue cleaned up with a paper towel I smeared the Glossy Accents onto the Facet itself.

After I got the glue cleaned up I quickly saturated a cotton ball with alcohol and wiped the Facet clean of the Glossy Accents.  While the glue is still “wet” it can be successfully removed from the Facet using the alcohol without damaging the plastic surface and causing it to “fog” over.  I then left it as you see it for over an  hour to dry before trimming away the excess paper.

Facet hanging from tag

Facet hanging from tag

Once more I had to enlist the aid of my “Scrubby” to finish this project.

My "Scrubby"

My "Scrubby"

Joe was tasked with drilling a hole in the front frame to attach a cabinet door knob.  I needed a screw with a flat head so it could be safely covered by the glass and not break when installing.

Here is a photo montage of the process and products I’ve used in this project.

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